Despite Erdogan's Visit To India For G20, Pakistan- Turkey Defence Ties Getting Stronger

Pakistan Navy chief, Admiral M.A.K. Niazi will visit Turkey on 22-23 September for the commissioning of the PNS Babur, a MILGEM class corvette, being made in Turkey. This is part of a $1.5 billion deal for four corvettes, two to be made in Turkey and two in Pakistan.
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Pakistan Navy (Representational image)

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After China, Pakistan’s closest friend, when it comes to the supply of weaponry, is Turkey. President Recep Erdogan may have been in New Delhi for the G20 unlike China’s Xi Jinping and India may have sent relief material after the huge earthquake— there were over 50,000 fatalities— but the relationship between Ankara and Islamabad has stayed firm.
* More evidence of that is the visit by the Pakistan Navy chief, Admiral M.A.K. Niazi, to Turkey on 22-23 September for the commissioning of the PNS Babur, a MILGEM class corvette, being made in Turkey. This is part of a $1.5 billion deal for four corvettes, two to be made in Turkey and two in Pakistan.
* The visit by Admiral Niazi comes in the wake of a high-powered visit by the Pakistan Army chief, General Asim Munir, to Turkey. During his four day visit recently, he called on President Erdogan, foreign minister Hakan Fidan, defence minister Yasar Guler, and met the chief of the Turkish general staff and army and Air Force chiefs. The discussions were on further defence collaboration and joint training. General Munir also received the Turkish Order of Merit.
* Meanwhile, Pakistani officials have met with top representatives of ASFAT, the Turkish state owned defence enterprise, to discuss the possibility of working together for the development of Jinnah class frigates for the Pakistan Navy. Talks began when ASFAT officials came to Pakistan for the launch of the PNS Tariq, one of the MILGEM class frigates. The work on the frigates is part of the offsets for making the corvettes.
* MTC, a Pakistani government owned firm and a Turkish company are working together for the development of transducers, an electronic device, for the Yakamos sonar being installed in the four MILGEM corvettes. The design work has already begun.
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